Inspired by the efforts of Vernon Philander in the current test versus Sri Lanka.
The speed gun is showing him around the 133kmh mark, which my calculator tells me is roughly 82.5mph, but the ball appears to be fairly whistling through to Boucher and landing in his gloves with a satisfying thud.
Vern seems to be one of those bowlers who balls "a heavy ball", spoken of by commentators of a certain age with reverence & awe. I suppose in Philander's case the perception is amplified by him moving the ball off the seam very appreciably, but for a chap whose stock delivery is slower throught the air than (say) Luke Wright's he hurries the batsmen up quite a lot.
I've long been of the opinion that speed gun velocities are a pretty poor way of measuring a bowler's actual pace and that TV coverage misses a trick by not also recording the time it takes from release to reach the batter. I do wonder if this measurement would back up one's instinct that bowlers like Philander disquiet batsmen with speed despite a (relative) lack of speed gun speed.
Thoughts? Nominations for bowlers who send down a "heavy" delivery? Or those who seem slower than the gun would have us believe?